15 December 2012

Sterling and Ebbett Lead Wolves to Third Straight Win

CLEVELAND, Ohio---Brett Sterling scored twice and Andrew Ebbett notched three points as the Chicago Wolves beat the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Ebbett scored the team’s first goal before Sterling produced his second two-goal game of the season for the Wolves (12-9-2-1), who ran their winning streak to three games. Goaltender Matt Climie (5-7-0) stopped 30 of 32 shots faced.

The Monsters (12-13-1-1) pounced on the Wolves early with Mark Olver slipping a score past Climie just 1:26 into the game. But Lake Erie didn’t hold their lead for long. Wolves center Ebbett took a feed from defenseman Mark Matheson and beat Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard down low to make it 1-1 at 10:05 of the first. Chris Tanev also earned an assist.

Minutes later on the power play, Chicago pulled ahead as left wing Sterling smacked a puck from close range into Pickard’s net at 13:05. It marked the third straight game in which the Wolves scored with the man advantage. Zack Kassian and Ebbett picked up assists on the play.

The Wolves took their one-goal lead into the second frame where Sterling promptly added to it as he rifled a puck past Pickard at 2:34 to make it 3-1 Wolves --- Kassian and Ebbett again setting him up.

The Monsters rallied late in the second frame to make it a one-score game again when left wing David van der Gulik beat Climie stick-side at 12:24.

The Wolves will return to Allstate Arena on Wednesday to take on the Abbotsford Heat at 11 a.m. in the first School-Day game of the season. For tickets, call1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

Chicago 2 1 0 -- 3
Lake Erie 1 1 0 -- 2

First Period---1, Lake Erie, Olver 5 (Barrie, Sgarbossa), 1:26; 2, Chicago, Ebbett 4 (Matheson, Tanev), 10:05; 3, Chicago, Sterling 7 (Kassian, Ebbett), 13:05 pp. Penalties---Stollery, Lake Erie (interference), 6:46; Pock, Lake Erie (interference) 12:47; Connauton, Chicago (holding), 14:53; Malone, Lake Erie (tripping) 17:39; Climie, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct) 17:53; Ebbett, Chicago (tripping) 17:53.

Second Period---4, Chicago, Sterling 8 (Kassian, Ebbett), 2:34; 5, Lake Erie, van der Gulik 5 (Agozzino), 12:24. Penalties---None.

Third Period---None. Penalties---Olver, Lake Erie (holding), 9:50; Bordeleau, Lake Erie (tripping), 15:04.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 7-11-3--21; Lake Erie: 12-9-11--32. Power plays---Chicago 1-5; Lake Erie 0-3. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (30-32); Lake Erie, Pickard (18-21). A---9,245. Referee---Darcy Burchell. Linesmen---Steve Marofsky and Brian Wisner.